7:00 pm, Wed Feb 11
Rainbow Bookstore Cooperative – 426 W. Gilman St.
Rory Fanning returned to the United States following two deployments with the 2nd Army Ranger Battalion in Afghanistan. Days before Fanning left the military as a conscientious objector, his comrade and unit-mate Pat Tillman was killed. Fanning returned to the US and walked across the United States for the Pat Tillman Foundation.
Worth Fighting For: An Army Ranger’s Journey Out of the Military and Across America explores the emotional and social consequences of rejecting the mission of one of the most elite fighting forces in the world. At its core Fanning’s story is one of a developing political consciousness, shaped in turn by the horrors of the US military machine; the needless death of Pat Tillman; and the generosity and kindness Rory received while walking across the US. He emerged from all of this with the firm conviction that he — and all of us — need to stand in solidarity with the victims of the US empire, and the most oppressed communities living in the US.
Fanning will use his story to draw out several lessons: Who are we fighting in Afghanistan? Why are we fighting? He will push back against the myths surrounding the Special Forces, as perpetuated by movies and books like Zero Dark Thirty, Blackhawk Down and Lone Survivor. He will also discuss why war resisters are so important. His talk will include reference to conscientious objectors throughout history: Nat Turner, Ida B Wells, Dolores Huerta, San Patricio Battalion.
Fanning’s writing has appeared in The Guardian, The Nation, Mother Jones, Salon, Truthout, Common Dreams, TomDispatch, Socialist Worker and many other outlets.
Event is endorsed by Veterans For Peace, Clarence Kailin Chapter 25, of Madison.